Monday, May 30, 2011

Support Our Troops

Shy Bear-Support Our Troops
TRIPLE THREE CHALLENGE AT SQUIGGLEFLY

Happy Memorial Day to everyone!  My card today salutes all of our military personnel in and out of action.  I salute to all who have joined the forces and fortunately have been able to come home.  I salute to all who have lost their lives in action.  My Great Grandfather served in the Civil War in the 5th Virginia Cavalry, my Great Great Grandfather served in the Seminole Indian War, my father and his brothers served in WWII.  I also have located graves of family members of my past who served in the Revolutionary War.

I visited many graves last week with my eldest brother and tears always come to our eyes of their remarkable service to our wonderful country!

This card is part of the Squigglefly card challenge SFC-100 this week - in honor of entering triple digits for this wonderful company.......100 challenges to keep us all inspired!  Note the 3 rhinestones in the lower right corner and the 3 colors on the flag.  Shy Bear-Support Our Troops be found on their website as a wonderful FREE DIGI by clicking here:  SHY BEAR FREEBIE

Do something special today - but most importantly remember our military and their struggles today!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Let's hop to the sound of flowers!

Welcome to Scrapbook Place's monthly blog hop!  Our theme this month is "April Showers Bring May Flowers" so you will see FLOWERS featured in all of our creations.  I chose my flower to be of fabric and a wonderful friend helped me formulate this tut for you.
First of all, cut yourself a strip of fabric approx. 2 inches wide and 20 to 22 inches long.  You can adjust the flower by using a shorter narrower strip of fabric if you wish.
Fold your fabric in half and press smooth.  No need to sew the ends together either.
Make a straight stitch or gathering stitch on the raw edge.  On my machine I also loosened the tension to allow easy pulling of the threads.  You can backstitch on the beginning edge but not the end stitch.  You want to be able to pull the top thread. 
For those of you who don't like to go near a sewing machine.........you can thread a needle with a long thread (not doubled) and run a long stitch all the way across the rough edge of your piece of material - catching both sides.  I tied a knot in the end of the above example so the thread wouldn't pull out.
 A closeup of the needle and thread - no need to make it pretty.
Start pulling gently on the thread, by holding and distributing the gathering as you go along.  Tie the thread together once you have it all gathered.  After securing your piece securely, now you can start rolling it at one end to make a little bud.  Secure the bud with a stitch or two and continue to roll the gathered fabric around the bud til you get your flower. 
I hot glued a button in the flower on the right and a colorful large brad on the flower on the left.  You can now hot glue your finished flower to any altered item or a card or project of your choosing.  Try it, and come back and send me a link, so I can see what you have accomplished!
If you just happened upon my blog, you will want to go back to the beginning of the hop - Lindsy's blog - and follow through to see all the beautiful creations!

In the group:
Lindsy (the beginning of our hop)
Leti
Allie
Annette
Shannon
Linda  (you are here)
Debbie
Teresa
Diane
Donna
Pat M
Anna
Rhonda
Holley
Jinky
Scrapbook Place Group Blog

Have an awesome day!  Leave us a comment too please!  I am also offering a gift to some special person drawn from all the comments!

Thank you for joining us in more inspiration!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Paper Piecing Holiday Cards - SFC - #99

Oh I loved this challenge from Squigglefly's Blogspot!  I had to get a few more Christmas cards in the works anyhow - and I had recently purchased this awesome Shy Bear:Candle Bear from Squigglefly.com.  Perfect excuse to enjoy some paper piecing and use up some of my smaller stash papers! 

Right away I knew what paper I wanted to use - I received it in a package of Close to my Heart and it was perfect.  I only had 2 6x6s of the patterned paper so printed wisely - doing 2 identical cards.  I added some copics to Shy Bear and some Icicle Stickles to the candle wax and Shy Bear's hat.  The tag was super easy to make just cutting around my sentiment "Happy Holidays" and remounting on a scrap of red.  Then a small hole with the Cropadile and of course, my favorite, CORD!  Love that stuff!

Hope I inspired you to try some paper piecing!  Come on over and visit Squigglefly's store and take a moment to enter their challenge on the Squigglefly blogspot.  Just click on those links, you'll love it there!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

HAMBO HOEDOWN 16 - Entry 2

I always make at least 2 cards when I decide to do a card.  It sure helps my card box stay full!  So here I decided to enter that 2nd card in the Hambo Hoedown #16 challenge.  This card also came about as I had tried creating this lovely pinwheel rosette flower!  I thought the distressed chipboard, the fun beach colored back drop of the patterned papers and our fun loving SUMO friend would wish anyone a wonderful anniversary!  Again, it's very easy to join in the Hambo Hoedown challenges, just click and jump in with a freebie provided by Hambo!  Deadline is Tuesday!  Rules are here (click)!

More info on that flower on Friday May 27 - so come on back y'all - you hear?

HAMBO HOEDOWN 16 - Entry 1

Our challenge this week was to use SUMO and one of the sentiments provided.  And then create a project that includes Chipboard. This is a 6x6 card in which I used multiple layered backgrounds consisting of an ATC created by a dear friend in WI and gifted to me, plus numerous embellies also gifted to me by another great friend in IL.  I crackled the chipboard using paint (2 different colors) and PVA glue and heat.  What fun huh?!  You can join us at Hambo Stamps simply by clicking on the name and get into the challenge.  You do not need to use SUMO - there are a number of freebies you can use and get into our contest.  Enjoy your day!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Coca Cola can meets flower!

The following 6x6 card project is entered in the Squigglefly blogspot challenge as well as Joan's Gardens card challenge.
Miss Victoria Kitten from Squigglefly.com
The following tag is entered into Joan's Gardens Challenge.
Last week I was fortunate enough to win a free image from Squigglefly by participating in one of their wonderful challenges on the Squigglefly Challenge Blog.  So this week, why not use that image in their next challenge?!!!   I just love this little kitten anyway!  In fact, I am always intrigued with cat's eyes.

I was just out of my realm when I took on the latest Squigglefly challenge! Believe me I am not a metal worker - nor do I want to be! However, to be totally out of my realm (their challenge) I knew I had to do something I totally resist doing! So I cut up a Coca Cola can (empty of course!) - and began my project! Here's a quick tut on what I did:
I don't have any fancy machines other than my Cuttlebug and my Sizzix for cutting materials, so I used the trustworthy Sizzix and a multi flower die.
Below are the results of the cuts in the aluminum.  It cut much easier than I expected and it tore very easily I found out too!  Ugh!
So then I decided to get out the Alcohol inks that I still haven't used - why not challenge myself a bit further.  And oooooooh I love how these meld together!  Woo hoo - I'll do more with the inks!
Then I pulled out Divine Swirls for the Cuttlebug - I just knew that embellishing the flowers with this embossing die would be the cat's meow for sure!  (pun intended)
Just had to sand a little bit of the paint off the embossed areas to give it a bit more elegance......
Okay, now to check on my image.  I always do images first, so this is just a plate of how I printed them out prior to coloring with my copics.  If anyone is curious as to what colors I used, here you go:
HAT:  YR31; YR23; YR00 YR000 * CAT: C1; C3 YG03; YG63 * FLOWER R00; R20; R22; R24 * BASKET E2; E7; E11 * BACKGROUND E000 * HAT BAND V12; V000 0
Pulling out supplies I had in my stash; thanks to all my friends in our Scrapbook group I had a lot of vintage items I could use.
Vintage distressing on some items like the little tag, some beautiful vintage inks on the doily; some hot glue to help with attaching ...  and wallah!  Miss Victoria enters the latest Squigglefly challenge as well as Joan's Garden final card and tag challenge til fall!  The lovely tag will go on my great granddaughter's birthday gift and I know she'll love the tag better than the gift - she's a kitty lover!
Thank you for visiting.........come back again.  Please leave me a comment if you have the time.  Hugz, Linda!

LUSCIOUS BLACK BERRIES

As soon as I received my Paint Fusion Kit I had to spread all the contents out on my art table!  Oh the paint tubes are full and lovely; the 3 stampsets are just awesome (well designed and excellent cut of rubber), the Practice sheets just rock (that means it was super easy to practice, practice, practice - wipe them off and practice some more!)  Am I excited?  I have really wanted to get back into painting - it's been a long time and I'm soooooo rusty but with Sheena's new DVD it's going to be a real blast playing!

I immediately chose 3 different items to try.   For my first project I chose a candle and berries theme.  Sheena's DVD has a candle project/inspiration theme for you to start with.  Just ink up one or more of the stamps provided and roll your candle on the stamp.  Allow to dry.  And from there just relax..........start painting.  I did refer back to Sheena's DVD many times - but the best part was it was so easy to just jump back into the DVD anywhere I wanted.

This particular candle is my FIRST piece - and yes I do know it has a lot of areas for improvement.  But the DVD ease of learning will get me even further!  I have 2 more projects in mind.

Oh yes, did I tell you the candle graced my Easter table today amidst a wooden center piece that has been with our family for years!  It's one of those that can be changed for the season or the holiday.

Ahhhhhhhh thank you Crafter's Companion for such a wonderful opportunity to get back into acrylic painting for so little cost!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

LET'S FOLD AND ORGANIZE!

Hi, Linda W. here, and I am so glad to share with you my latest project! Today is the actual launch of the new boxer and envelobox creator.  I was really anxious to receive mine from Crafter's Companion, so that I could make up a few projects for gifts for friends. I participate in a great scrapbook/card making group and we have many contests and prizes, so this wonderful ACCORDION BOX FILE is one of my handmade creations just for a friend!
As you can see, my precious S.W.A.L.K. "JULIE" from Patchwork Polly & Friends graces the cover.  I colored with my copics and added a bit of glitz and glitter before fussy cutting.  Note the stuffed puppy and her writing case sitting next to her.  I found a great leather attachment from my stash to just dangle from the side.  A few silk flower buds and yo yo flowers, and wallah!  This whole project took about 1.5 hours from start of stamping the image to completion of the file.

I figured my friend would even love the placement of several S.W.A.L.K. images placed inside so she could just color anytime and anywhere.   Here's basically how I made the Accordion box and I'm sure you cannot find an excuse as to why you wouldn't be able to create one too!
I make all of my envelopes now using my Ultimate Crafter's Companion so began by making those up.  These are standard A2 envelopes and all of the instructions are provided.
 I made a cover sheet as well as the front fold down hooded sheet that folds and secures the inside contents.  You'll note the accordion folded cardstock to the right in the photo.  This is just a series of valley and mountain folds that actually will affix your envelopes inside each fold.  The 1/2 inch embossed markings on one side of the folded cardstock alternate with 1 inch embossed markings on the opposite side of the cardstock so you have perfect give and take of the paper grain.

I used a beautiful sheet of 8.5x11 Pearlescent pink cardstock from Crafter's Companion USA to make my cuts for the exterior sheets.  The front sheet is essentially the same size as the envelopes you use, as you don't necessarily have to use A2.  You can use larger envelopes and not cut them apart, just slit the tops of each.  This is what I did as I wanted envelopes large enough to accommodate 4.25x5.5 images.
As you affix each envelope within the accordion fold, simple place down your glue on the front side of the mountain fold, and butt the fold up against the envelope.  It's best NOT to take the envelope to the fold, bring the fold to the envelope for smooth placement.  Massaging both sides of joining areas to assure great seal quality.
I prefer the covering of the file to be a smidgeon larger than instructions, as I wanted my envelopes full of images well protected.  Here's the back placed on the file already. To create the hooded sheet, it is essentially again the same size as the rectangle you just cut plus 1 inch more for top stretch and then your drop down measurement.
Front placement was super easy - and you can also adjust the depth of the 'hood' that will come over the front of your file.  I liked a lot so I could make my placement of images with a few embellies and not look overdone.
I am well known for deviating from instructions, so please bear with me as I tell of one more way I chose to alter my accordion file.  The original instructions on the DVD that came with the boxer boards shows punching 2 centered holes in the hood and 2 matching holes in the front liner and then tying with a bow.  It was all lovely but I chose to use a craft magnet I had been storing in my cupboard for some time now.  And I cut it a bit larger than probably needed but in this way I was assured the flap would not flop open and dump its contents. 
There were many tips I learned along the way, such as when spreading a roll of double stick tape on your project, do a quick 90 degree turn to break the tape contact.  No mess, less waste.

I REALLY encourage you to order yourself the Ultimate Crafter's Companion with the NEW Boxer Boards.  The DVD that accompanies them is very well done and provides a lot of projects for every step of your expertise, including several bonus projects!  I have tried several other boards for doing envelopes and boxes and to date I have found NOTHING better than the Ultimate Crafter's Companion.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

May Mother's Day Challenge

Crafter's Companion USA is holding an awesome May challenge...just make something for a mother in your life.  The prize is awesome........well worth your time investment!  Here's what one lucky person will win this month:

You must use a Crafter's Companion stamp to create your project.  You may submit up to 3 projects.  You may combine our challenge with other challenge blogs, but your post must contain the blog name and link back to us.  If you do not have a blog, that's okay too.  Just email Denise at lala3237 at verizon dot net with your creation and and the name of the Crafter's Companion Stamp you used.

This huge package includes:
The Boxer
Envelobox Creator
Ultimate Advanced Techniques DVD
Total Retail : $100.80

The Boxer, Envelobox Creator, and Ultimate Advanced Techniques DVD have not even been released yet!  These products can make so many things it's incredible.  Here's more about them.

Envelobox Creator
Add the finishing touches to your three-dimensional hand crafted cards by packaging them in matching envelopes! This tool can be transform any sheet of regular or patterned cardstock or paper into any one of hundreds of different envelope sizes ranging up to 8” x 8” and up to 1” deep! Perfect for custom cards or as an unusual alternative to regular gift boxes. Designed to work with your Ultimate Crafter’s Companion Tool, but can also be used as a stand-alone product. 

The Boxer
Measure, score and fold accurately with this innovative Boxer Board. One side includes imperial (inch) measurements up to 8 inches in 1/8” increments, and the reverse side features metric (cm) measurements up to 20 cm at ½ cm increments. The lines at each edge are engineered differently to enable you to create custom size boxes with ease. Simply use two identical size pieces of cardstock, and this board will make your lid slightly larger to fit perfectly over your box base. Designed to work with your Ultimate Crafter’s Companion Tool, but can also be used as a stand-alone product.

Ultimate Advanced Techniques DVDThis inspirational DVD is crammed full of crafty tutorials for advanced construction techniques using the Envelobox Creator and Boxer boards in conjunction with the Ultimate Crafter’s Companion tool. The DVD features 12 step-by-step projects including stepper cards, tea light holder card, accordion file box, swing cards, treasure chest, hinged box, set of drawers and more. 2 ½ Hours of instruction and projects!

I've received my Ultimate DVD and will be showing you some projects this week!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Daisies, Mom and May

My mother loved daisies, lily of the valleys and beautiful simple old fashioned garden flowers.  She also loved to paint.  My most fond memory is of coming home from school one day to see her sitting and painting on velvet with one of those paint by number sets.  I'm sure you all have seen them......I can still smell that paint too.  It's a good memory; she's been gone many many years now.

Well I'm in my 60's now, my children are adults and I've spent a wee bit of time doing crafts in my retirement.  But just recently I received an order from Crafter's Companion which contained my Paint Fusion kit by Sheena Douglass and it totally changed me.  I was totally enamored by the first paint brush I picked up and the paint I loaded onto the brush.  It was a warm comfie feeling, great memories of home came flooding back.  A huge package of supplies were all provided, a wonderful practice sheet to use over and over til I get it right (for me), and just fun packaged JUST FOR ME!

Each month my desk receives a new 6x6 calendar - all handmade and full of fun.  That calendar inspires me daily!  So I began by gathering my supplies.

I learned of a better and more economical way to crackle a background than I've ever done.  Wow!  And on chipboard - yet another way to use and love chipboard - so many ways to use it!  I did the crackle background with the simple instructions provided me on the Sheena Douglass Paint Fusion DVD - first a wash of paint and let it dry, then a wash of PVA glue and partially let it dry and then one more final coat of a coordinating paint and warm it with the heat gun.  Wallah!  Then I decided to do my favorite flowers - the daisies - and yes step by step instructions were provided on that DVD again.

I really appreciate the fact that the acrylic paints are eco-friendly and all the accessories were chosen by her personally to coordinate with the stamps, which she also created.

Meanwhile I set up the cardstock backdrop of the 6x6 with various papers from the Fairyopolis 12x12 packet, added a darling doily (visit your wedding aisle for them) and a yo yo flower button.  Even the yo-yo flower represents my childhood - as Mom taught me how to make them.  Back then we used them for hats for our small dolls!  This particular one came from my best bud Teresa - and you need to visit her blog as well - go to:  T's Scrappin' Spot!

The small vintage colored calendar can be printed out from the net, tie up a few buttons and adhere and do a double mount of cardstock for the last background.

Here's a photo of my May desk calendar.
I really love the month of May; as I enjoy looking at this calendar during my day!  So if you want to try something new, something simple and something so rewarding, check out Crafter's Companion's Sheena Douglass Paint Fusion kit.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Blue and Gold!

Just a quick photo of a goldfinch and Indigo bunting sharing the same lilac bush!  Both are similar species but the Blue Bunting has an awesome song!  For my bird lover followers!!!  Take time to look around - you may see a new species!

Friday, May 13, 2011

HAMBO HOEDOWN 15 - Shade your eyes!

Hambo Hoedown 15 - BOLD, BRIGHT COLORS with PAPER PIECING
If you entered the Hambo Hoedown challenge last week you would have received this wonderful balloonist for free!  What a great stamp!  I'll be using her a lot because we are going for a hot air balloon ride!

I did some freehand cutting once I had the original image colored and fussy cut out.  With a double mount looking a bit like it was floating, I was satisfied with the front of the card.

I decided to make her unusual in that she has a fold at the top of the balloon and the card opens vertically.  Therefore, I put the image inside as below:
I then made a bow and attached it with hot glue.  She even has a bit of distress stickles around the top of the balloon basket, and the basket is paper pieced, fulfillng all requirements for Hambo Hoedown 15.

This project was a lot of fun and I encourage you to join us at the Hoedown weekly!

SFC #97 - Challenge on Squigglefly

Shy Bear:  Hi Bella!
Squigglefly has a great challenge this week - SHAPED CARDS!  Thought I'd get into it so I chose one of their cute and easy to color Freebies.  They are there for everyone; go ahead and try one out.

Shy Bear was easy to color with copics.  I mounted him on an extra sheet of purple cs I had in my stash.  With a bit of punched lace for a bottom edge, I mounted the final on a yellow card back.  I also made him open from the right with a smaller hinge on the left.  The whole purpose was to stay away from square and rectangle cards, so I lopped off the corners to take away the rectangle feature.

I made up a cutesie bow and added a 3D butterfly to the bow and wallah!  Shy Bear can now join the group at Squigglefly and their new Shaped Cards challenge!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Baby I'm not complaining..........

it's a bit hot here in SW Wisconsin.  We hit 93 on all of our thermometers yesterday - from a norm of 61!  We are promised 2 more days of 80's but rain both days...........and I am not complaining.  The birds have shown up to start nesting and we are having a blast at listening to their lovely songs!  Check 'em out!
My husband has counted over 30 goldfinches at a time on our 3 socks.
Notice the female ruby throated hummingbird sitting on the feeder.  Yes we saw the male there as well as a 2nd female!

 Red bellied woodpecker on the suet feeder; female downy woodpecker waiting; orioles in the backdrop of the branches......
 Red bellied woodpecker on the suet (yet); oriole on the hummingbird feeder (!).........


Nuthatch and oriole
Now to get back to card making!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY

to all of our Moms/Foster Moms/Adopted Moms/Grandmoms/Great and Great Great Grandmoms!  I wish each of you a fantabulous day of peace and love.
This gorgeous card was created by Shannon L. with lotsa love to you and all of us from Scrapbook Place! 

Saturday, May 7, 2011

A SQUARE CANDLE HOLDER

Oh I am so excited yet about Sheena's DVD and projects!  She makes acrylic painting ultra-easy!  My most difficult decision - do I do backgrounds or try another project?  The DVD has a great section on all projects and inspirations with 3 sets of rubber stamps and practice sheets for all 3.  I desperately wanted to do one more project before creating some backgrounds!

My daughter had given me a beautiful glass candle holder for my square candles........and I've been very happy with it.  But as soon as I started watching Sheena Douglas' DVD on Paint Fusion I knew I just had to try a small rose image on the side of that glass candle holder.

Now the sides are not perfectly level and smooth - they have sort of wobble in the glass that is quite lovely.  So that in itself did not present a great challenge - getting a good image was not necessary.  As long as I had a slight outline I was fine and I used Stazon ink, but you can use any archival ink if you wish, I recommend a light color.  In fact, I practiced on the remaining 3 sides before cleaning them off and finalizing the one side above.

Working with the Paint Fusion paint tubes and brushes is ultra-easy!  The brushes clean up beautifully and are top quality.  I work over a craft mat so I simply clean off the mat when changing colors or quitting for the day.  Wash out your brushes and allow to dry - never leave them sitting in the water!  Sheena's hints and tips are quite easy to comprehend and remember for even me - a beginner!  Check out the video online right now!

Now can I see your first tries?

Thursday, May 5, 2011

HAMBO HOEDOWN 14

DOTS AND STRIPES CHALLENGE

My challenge was to use Farm Chicken and DOTS and STRIPES on the project and get some respect for Farm Chicken(s).  Well, I needed a sweet birthday card for our youngest grandson Zach who will soon be 3!  WOO HOO!  I'm sure 3 year olds don't really care what kind of card they get, it's the gift with it!  But just in case, I gave him some darling Farm Chickens to talk about!

Are you looking for the DOTS and STRIPES??  Check their beaks!  LOL!

While going thru my stash I discovered some BoBunny paper I hadn't used - and those little birds on that sewn background called out to me to use the Farm Chicken somehow!  So I printed the digi from Hambo Hoedown in triplicate, did a bit of fussy cutting with allergy ridden eyes, colored with copics and did a pop dot assembly on the hillside with the singing birds.

Added a bit of whimsy with a birthday hat, a rub on wish and some fun balloons..........do you think Zach will like it?  Come visit Hambo Hoedown for prizes and a free digi image!